Brodmaw Bay seems to be the perfect refuge for James Greer and his family. When his young son is the victim of a brutal mugging, Greer wants to leave London - the sooner the better - for the charming old-fashioned fishing port he has just discovered. But was finding Brodmaw Bay more than a happy accident? What is the connection between the village and his beautiful wife?
When his friendly new neighbours say they'd welcome some new blood - in a village where the same families seem to have lived for generations - are they telling the whole truth? Perhaps the village isn't so much welcoming them as luring them. To something ancient and evil. As it has lured others before...
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I enjoyed Brodmaw Bay very much, and if FG Cottam were a less-skilled writer, I might have been satisfied. But Cottam, with whose work I was previously unacquainted is a very gifted writer. The protagonists are largely well-drawn and three-dimensional. They are flawed, but sympathetic. Some of the supporting characters are as well-fleshed out (but by no means all), but seem poorly-used. Characters who seem destined to play pivotal roles in the story end up being frustratingly tangential. The inhabitants of Brodmaw Bay are not nearly so well-crafted.
Cottam knows how to create a creepy environment and deliver a deep scare. There are several of these moments throughout the book. However, there are neither enough of them, nor are they really integral to the plot. The book feels like it wanted to be much longer, but was dissected by a captious editor. The author takes a lot of time lovingly crafting an detailed and textured plot, and then resolves it quickly, almost as an afterthought.
Despite its very many flaws, the beauty of Cottam's writing and David Rintoul's very appropriate narration made it a worthwhile listen. I will read more from this author.
It's up there... top ten. F.G Cottam understands horror and weaves a terrifying tale.
James Greer's soccer playing son' Jack Greer: It was his emotional roller coaster ride of a life that drives the story.
The magic of the Queen's English.
The Wicker Man fears Brodmaw Bay.
There is an abundance of story left to tell. Prequel, sequel and companions could likely reveal many more volumes from this potentially rich mythology.
Perhaps among the top 15. I've listened to so many audiobooks that this is a difficult question to answer. I certainly like F. G. Cottam's books and have all but one available on audio.
Yes and no. It is certainly an intriguing story, but it does drag in some spots. However, it picks up again as it goes along and there are moments I find myself holding my breath.
He has become one of my favorite narrators. He has a wonderful deep voice, but despite it he can do children's and women's voices very well.
There were several, but if I answered this question it would create spoilers.
My first purchase of an F. G. Cottam book was "The Colony" and I was definitely hooked. He is a lyrical writer who takes ancient mythology from the British Isles and turns them into modern thrillers. I love the depth of his characters. I can't help but like them (or hate them, if they are the bad guys). I loved the warmth of this family and how they treat each other. Each was a unique individual. HIs stories pull me in and I find myself cheering for the core characters. He also writes in a way that it not predictable and twists and turns in the story often catch me by surprise. I love these books! I'm now going to order the last one, currently out, and will be anxiously waiting for the next one.
"Wicker Man relocated to Cornwall"
Throughly enjoyed this audiobook. Part of the way through the book, I told someone how much I was enjoying it and I outlined the main plot points - it sounded over-the-top, melodramatic and corny. However, this is not how I felt when listening. There is a slow build-up of sinister occurances set within a naturalistic setting that explains the family members' moitivations and actions. This audiobook is really good fun, it has a good degree of tension and it kept me guessing (and I was wrong about how I thought the narrative would conclude). The narration is great too.
This is the second FG Cottam audiobook I've heard - I also enjoyed The Waiting room but this one has the edge.
"Chilling and excellently narrated"
I loved this chilling tale of a family who move to the Cornish coast for a simpler life, but all is not as it seems in the picturesque village of Broadmaw Bay! If you like the film, The Wicker Man, then you will like this too! David Rintoul does an excellent job of the narration (as he does on all of his audio books) and I really enjoyed it!
"A little cliched"
After reading "The Wating Room", one of the creepiest tales I have ever listened to, I was quite eager read more by this author. I t was an enjoyable read, but the first part of the book was full of Hammer House cliches. I felt that the characters in Brodmaw Bay and the plot were not as intricately drawn as I had expected, so I was a little diappointed. However, this was an interesting distraction, just not creepy enough for me.
"Such a fantastic book spoiled by a poor ending."
Loved the characters of the family. Thought the story was really well crafted. Totally spoilt by the ending.
This was what spoiled it for me. Clearly if that happened the police would have done some investigating! Totally spoilt the book for me but expected it as have listened to other FC Cottam books but won't listen to anymore.
Fantastic expression, characters voice. Brilliant.
The story is gripping from the start and keeps you wondering what will happen next.
When they were in the old church.
I liked Oliva. Even though she is so young she seemed extremely bright. David really brought this across in his voice.
I enjoyed this it went a long at a fair old pace,two points though I thought the characters seemed to be overly perfect ie handsome beautiful rich sucessful etc and I thought the policemans character would have intervened and helped out in the end but he sort of disappeared and then reappeared in the epilogue Personally I much prefered the waiting room written by this author but this was still a good listen
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